I had another crafting fail. This one was salvageable but I wasted a couple of bucks on a package of binding and I wasted a couple of hours with a seam ripper. Not my brightest idea.
There's a co-worker who is having a baby. It's her second baby, but first boy. I wanted to make her something small, something sweet and something for her boy.
I have a problem. I love to look at fabric in stores and online. I go, peruse down the aisles (or click away on the pictures) and forget that I hate to sew. I hesitate to say that I can't sew, because I can. I just don't want to. I hurry through it. I don't measure. I don't pin. I don't take the time I need. Even if I have the best of intentions, I will eventually give in to my inner ADD self, push the petal to the floor and start whirring through my project. It will usually end up like crap.
I have seen photos and tutorials for making minky blankets online. They're gorgeous and, if you've ever touched minky, you know it's like rubbing your face on the side of a puppy. It's that soft, that luxurious. I wanted to make a minky blanket. I wanted to make one so bad.
I bought the prettiest chevron minky and waited until it came in the mail. I trucked that minky down to Hobby Lobby and bought a pretty satin binding in the most beautiful shade of blue to put on the edge of this beautiful minky blanket I had envisioned in my head.
I looked online for how to put satin binding on rounded corners and I found some tutorials that looked promising. I used a lot of pins, used a needle and thread to gather the satin and pinned some more. It was a big step for me to be using pins.
I thought it might be that the stitching was too far in. I went around a second time, tacking the binding closer to the edge. Did it help? No. It actually made it worse.
I sighed, turned on an NCIS rerun and started unpicking.
Two hours of Leroy Jethro Gibbs later, it was unpicked and I was about ready to throw the whole thing into a closet and think about it later.
But, the siren call of the minky was beckoning. Evil stuff. It's just so touchable.
I flipped the minky, pretty sides together, and pinned. I sewed. . .
This was much better and something I'm willing to gift. It took a lot of time and effort but that was mostly my fault. Mostly.